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notatroll Jul 19th, 2002 07:24 AM

friendliest people in the carribean??
Because I enjoy spending time with locals, like to eat hang out at local places and like to get "off the beaten track" I wondering what island(s) people felt very welcome and thought people were very friendly. I've only beenn to a few islands and I know attitude can vary from town to town but I'm really interested in peoples opinions/experiences.<BR>Thanks!<BR>

Syndy Jul 19th, 2002 07:43 AM

Of all the islands in the Caribbean Trinidad and Tobago is the friendliest. it's an Island does not depend on tourism so if you want to meet local people and get "off the beaten path" this is the island for you. The people are genuine, the smiles are real and the welcome is always warm. Read the reviews on Trinidad and Tobago and judge for yourself.

Sue Jul 19th, 2002 08:08 AM


BeenThere Jul 19th, 2002 08:12 AM

I like St. Martin/St. Maarten for friendly locals. It is an island where you can travel all around and hang out at the local places. Despite what has been said, it is relatively safe to do so.

Nancy Jul 19th, 2002 08:23 AM

Hi Nota,<BR>You will get A LOT of different opinions on here with this question.<BR>Mine: Tobago or Anguilla

dtour Jul 19th, 2002 08:35 AM

Harbor Isle Bahamas or Turks and Caicos

Tee Jul 19th, 2002 08:35 AM

St.Lucia ,great people,don't miss the island' street party every Friday night , locals and tourists can all blend in and party together ,all houses on the blocks have their doors opened to welcome anyone who likes to go up to their balconies and watch the party going on the street ,food ,drinks,dance...kinda like New Orleans during Mardi Gras,just a lot smaller.The island itself is beautiful,exotic,lush,lots of different things to see and do eventhought it's poor.

notatroll Jul 19th, 2002 08:37 AM

thanks ! great replies so far!! keep em coming! : )

Madison Jul 19th, 2002 08:49 AM

The most friendly people, by far, are the Anguillans.<BR><BR>They can't compare to any folk from any other Caribbean Island.

Susan Jul 19th, 2002 08:52 AM

Message: Cat Island, Bahamas and Anguilla. Some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Also, Anegada, northern-most of the BVI. Locals here love to talk and explain things about their island. Anegade is not a huge tourist destination, so those that come and stay for a while are really appreciated.

beentomostoftheislands Jul 19th, 2002 09:38 AM

This is a good post, I like that some people vow for one Island only. I have been to most of the Islands and you will find friendly people no matter which Island you go to. In terms of hanging out with locals, Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados.<BR><BR>These are places that I have been to that locals would not hesitate to take you on an Island tour for free,buy you a beer,take you to their house for a home cooked meal or invite you to a lime.<BR><BR>

anon Jul 19th, 2002 09:43 AM

Trinidad and Tobago, take a look at these links and see for yourself;<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>

Scott Jul 19th, 2002 10:15 AM

I thought the people in Grand Cayman were extremely friendly. <BR><BR>And thought the street celebration in St Lucia was dangerous, and wouldn't send my worst enemy there. We were lucky to be with a couple locals that night who help fend off several young men that seemed very interested in our wives no matter what you thought. The drug dealers were also more aggressive than the usual asking if we wanted to buy some ganja.

Statia Jul 19th, 2002 10:19 AM

Saba and St. Eustatius. Both are small with very friendly and welcoming people.

aruba Jul 19th, 2002 11:34 AM

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Nancy Jul 19th, 2002 12:55 PM

We have been to at least 15 Caribbean Islands and Anguilla wins hands down. However, we've never been to Trinidad and Tobago and have been reading very positive posts. So I think I'll have to research T & T.

joan Jul 19th, 2002 04:44 PM

interesting answers... <BR>looking forward to more!

tivertonhouse Jul 20th, 2002 01:55 AM

The Treasure Beach/South Coast area of Jamaica

xx Jul 21st, 2002 07:03 PM


denette Jul 22nd, 2002 11:03 AM

Of the eight islands we have been blessed to visit, the friendliest people were in Provo - Turks/Caicos.<BR>There are several local places to eat and several beaches to explore off the beaten path that are absolutely gorgeous. Safe Travel.

mary Jul 22nd, 2002 11:37 AM

I did not find the MAJORITY of St. Lucians to be GENUINELY friendly. Most who were friendly did so to get you to buy their wares, give them $, etc. But I wouldn't say the majority were unfriendly either, just indifferent.

tothetop Jul 23rd, 2002 04:59 AM


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